For No. 13-ranked North Carroll, the 10-8 victory it scored last night at Liberty bore a remarkable resemblance to its win over the Lions two weeks ago.
In both games, the Panthers relied heavily on a solid effort from goalie Josselyn Guinan. She made 15 saves last night, including some free position shots in the second half, after stopping 22 last time.
"Josselyn had a heck of a game," said North Carroll coach Denean Koontz. "She came through; she came up big."
Koontz also said she liked how North Carroll (8-0, 3-0) played well all over the field, but especially on defense, just as in the 13-8 victory on April 10.
Liberty (7-3, 1-2), which had not lost a county game dating back about six years before the previous North Carroll game, again found some chances but could not score.
The Lions actually outshot the Panthers, 29-18. But North Carroll, led by Chiaro Deiaco, often sealed off the middle, and Guinan stopped what Liberty could get through.
"Our defense was awesome," said Guinan. "Liberty was down at our end a lot but wasn't taking as many shots."
Deiaco also won a majority of the draws, keeping the ball away from the Lions.
The Panthers also again relied on teamwork at the offensive end, something Koontz enjoyed seeing. Danielle Shearer led with three goals; Annie Eggers had two goals and two assists while Kellyn Hentz added two goals.
"We got help from everywhere," said Koontz.
The Panthers helped themselves greatly with a pair of three-goal runs -- just like the early run that gave them a six-goal first-half lead in the first game.
North Carroll scored three straight times in 58 seconds late in the first half for a 5-2 lead with 22 seconds left last night.
The Panthers repeated the feat by scoring three goals in 53 seconds in the second half for a 9-4 lead with 15: 21 left.
Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn said she preached three things to her team -- go to goal, fake and shoot high and clear -- but the Lions fared poorly in each area.
"We played in spurts," said Vaughn. "You've got to come out and play hard the entire time. They're a good team."